Everything That Rises Must Converge By Flannery O ' Conner Essay examples

1128 Words Nov 17th, 2016 5 Pages
Flannery O’Conner’s short story “Everything that Rises Must Converge”, is about a young man named Julian and his mother during the era of integration in the United States. The story starts with Julian, as he waits for his mother to get ready to go to the Y, Julian is seen leaning against the door frame, waiting like Saint Sebastian for the arrows to begin piercing him (ETRMC). Once Julian’s mother is ready to go and all dressed up as if she was royalty, Julian and his mother make their way to the bus together, ever since integration came into action she feared riding the bus alone. Walking towards the bus stop, Julian and his mother conversed about their past family members, his mother siding with the idea that they come from prestige members of society, demonstrating that her ideal placement was in high society. Once the bus finally arrived, Julian and his mother entered the bus and chose a seat, making a conversation with another Caucasian woman sitting a few seats across, then observed the bus and noticed everyone was white, when she ignorantly stated, “I see we have the bus to ourselves” (ETRMC), while the other white women agreed, making Julian cringe. Suddenly the bus stopped and an African-American man got on the bus, described as a well-dressed man with a briefcase, Julian anticipated the opportunity to speak to him to simply anger his mother. Julian’s attempt to speak the man failed, as the bus stopped again and a black woman with her son stepped on and sat next to…

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